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Canada’s nuclear role

(October 11, 2006) When considering the role played by Pakistani nuclear official Abdul Qadeer Khan in assisting North Korea’s nuclear-energy and weapons program, Canadians should examine the assistance we have provided in this evil chain of events. Continue reading

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House Hansard: Session 38:2, April 26, 2006

(April 26, 2006) Mr. Howard Hampton (Kenora-Rainy River): My question is for the Acting Premier. We know that the McGuinty government’s real energy plan is to spend $40 billion on very expensive, unreliable and environmentally risky nuclear power plants. So today, on the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, I believe the McGuinty government owes the people of Ontario some straight answers on nuclear power and the potential risks. Will the McGuinty government make public today any emergency plans, briefing notes or studies in its possession that assess the impact of a potential nuclear disaster on human health, the environment and the economy? Continue reading

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Ontario to mothball two CANDU reactors

(August 26, 2005) Only months after Canadian-made reactors were rejected in U.S. and Chinese markets, Canada’s 60-year-old civilian nuclear industry has suffered a potentially mortal blow at home. Facing a $1.6-billion repair bill, the government of Ontario decided this month to mothball two 540-megawatt Canada Deuterium-Uranium (CANDU) nuclear reactors more than a decade before their projected retirement date. Continue reading

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Pickering nuclear unit shut down for unanticipated repairs

(May 21, 2005) Eighteen months after it began producing electricity following a refurbishment that was years behind schedule and over budget, a key Pickering nuclear unit has been shutdown until July for unanticipated repairs. Continue reading

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Re-defeat the nuclear industry

(January 20, 2005) The federal government, and three provincial governments, are about to sink billions more dollars into another attempt to salvage the nuclear industry, the country’s least economic energy industry – and its most dangerous. Continue reading

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Expose the truth about the nuclear industry

(April 28, 2004) We have learned that the federal government has quietly begun giving its friends in the nuclear industry new access to the public purse, in order to fund plans for massive nuclear power growth. Continue reading

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New nukes – or none?

(December 7, 2003) For Jerry Hopwood, the Wigan Coalfield served as a sobering lesson about the cost of man’s need for energy. During his youth, in the 50s and 60s, in Manchester, England, Hopwood witnessed its ravages first-hand. “I grew up around coal mines and coal dust, and people dying of silicosis and mine accidents,” he says. “That coalfield was just coming to the end of its life, and people realized that this was a very difficult way to make energy.” After graduating from university with a master’s in applied physics from Oxford, he decided he wanted to be part of the solution. Continue reading

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